Radio continental drift (claudia wegener) in conversation with artist Jimmy Ogonga (Nairobi Arts Trust/ Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa, CCAEA), recorded at the GoDown Art Centre, 11May 2010. The conversation took place, a day after and triggered by the arrest of the performance artists Ato during her performance "Freedumb" outside the Kenya National Archives. Jimmy was closely involved in the negotiations with the chief of police that followed. He reflects on the performance and the conversation, the social, cultural and historical tangents he sees touched by the events.
Jimmy Ogonga Jimmy is a vagrant amnesiac. from time to time, he takes photographs, makes videos, talks (negatively) too much and scribbles with the intention that someone might read his nonsense.he occupies a small white space, which he calls CCAEA, where he spends too much time. his first family is in nairobi, so chances are high that he might be there too, most of the time.
The Nairobi Arts Trust / Center for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA) is an organization that is set to serve as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and established artists, and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation, education, and through any other art related means, which support the evolution of new ideas. We intend also to involve in a broad range of symposia, lectures, artists’ talks and studio visits that will continuously cultivate diverse audiences for contemporary art forms and provide a forum for on-going dialogue.
radio continental drift
a broad casting house in the bag of a drifter
out to here unheard voices
a branch of the growing networks of sound workers,
audio artists, radio communities, and the street corner academies of listening and broadcasting
around the world
radio is happening
when people loiter in public places
the air is free!